Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Stephanie Hamm

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Stephen Baldridge

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Teri Johnson


According to the literature, parents or guardians of high school students will participate within the high school—though their participation is dependent on many factors. Parents with a higher social capital tend to be the most involved, while parents with lower social capital tend to be less involved. In other words, generally parents or guardians with high social capital would be much more likely to be involved in their child’s school, whereas parents with low social capital would not be involved in their child’s school at all (Goodwin, Rothon, Stansfeld, 2012). In this study, the researcher formulated and analyzed the following question: What are factors of an effective parent and family involvement program within the high school? By identifying which factors truly make an impact on parental involvement, the researcher will make suggestions for improving preexisting programs. She conducted a needs assessment survey in order to help Abilene High School improve its level of parental involvement. According to the results of the survey, social capital nor ethnicity have little to no effect on involvement. The research also presented factors of a successful involvement program.

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